Epidemics and Pandemics: What Do These Terms Really Mean?

By Dr. John L. Reizer

Editor at NoFakeNews.net

 Our perceptions about many world events are usually a lot different than the realities associated with such happenings. This phenomenon does not occur by accident. It happens because media companies are constantly reporting information they garner from government sources that has been specifically designed to deceive the public.

It is a fact that most people never question the authenticity of information being disseminated by media companies. They trust officialdom blindly and are therefore constantly walking around with a false understanding of reality.

Official government sources release, to mainstream media companies, an enormous amount of disinformation. Disinformation is inaccurate information cleverly designed, packaged, and purposely delivered to the masses to mislead citizens about specific happenings taking place in the world.

If we watch television, read a newspaper, or listen to the radio, we are absorbing disinformation from media companies that affects our lives. This is especially true in the case of health care news.

Recently, there’s been a tremendous amount of disinformation being discussed within the media about epidemics and pandemics. Public health officials regularly report on epidemics and pandemics and then encourage viewers to rush out to medical facilities to receive vaccines in order to protect themselves and loved ones against harmful diseases. For the sake of brevity, I will focus my writings within this article on these two public health terms.

The words Epidemic and Pandemic are often used by the World Health Organization (WHO) to mislead citizens about the dangers associated with certain diseases that might be affecting or impacting various communities at any given time.

An epidemic refers to the rate of occurrence of a specific disease within a given locality of the world. A disease that occurs in a city or country at a rate of one case more than was anticipated by health officials is defined as an epidemic. If, for example, the city of New York expects to have zero cases of Polio in a given period of time and then a single case is reported, this would be reported to the public as a Polio epidemic.

A pandemic is reported when several epidemics are reported throughout a country or in different countries around the world at the same time.

In reality, the reporting of epidemics and pandemics through media sources could be very confusing to the general public. When people hear or read about these terms they often believe that millions of people are being infected with a disease process. The truth be told, the terms epidemics and pandemics are often referencing only a few cases of a disease process that have recently occurred.

It is vitally important that readers understand the lexicon within the public health profession before blindly jumping to conclusions and making poor decisions that might end up harming them in the long run.

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